A Gathering Place

Last week got away from us, but without further delay, here is the design for the great room for our project in Day Break.

As always, let's start with the before:

The before on this project was actually pretty nice it just didn't suit our clients. They wanted to create a bright and vibrant family gathering space. When they showed me their inspiration photos there was a very dominant theme: white with pops of color. Here's what we came up with keeping that theme in mind.

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We tried several variations for the furniture plan but the one we settled on seemed to fit the family the best. This family room will be used as a gathering place and needed to be abled to seat 15. For added seating we flanked the fireplace with built in benches and tucked a bench across from the main seating group. We felt like a bench or a settee was a great way to add some more seating while keeping the walkway into the space nice and open. You won't find a TV in this design which I find very refreshing. This is a space dedicated to family togetherness and the distraction of a TV was not needed.

The existing mantel was lovely but with the addition of the build in benches we thought a new mantel would tie it all together better. We're taking the mantel all of the way to ceiling which helps create a great focal point, add height, and bring in more bright white moulding. With the addition of white linen faux roman shades above the window and fun pops of color in the pillows this elevation is really going to bring in that bright and vibrant feel we're going for.

Since every single inspiration photo was full of white and cream furniture that's what we gave them. White on cream with light woods and a few gold accents sprinkled in. Just like in all of our tone on tone rooms texture was key. What I love about a neutral backdrop is you can completely change the space just by swapping out the pillows and accents.

We dug through all of our rug samples and the two that stood out the most were both teal with a cream geometric pattern. One option was a plush rug with the design cut in and the one we ended up choosing was a wool flat weave. We selected the flat weave because there was a bit more gray in the teal which helps the rug from stealing the spotlight. We also felt like the flat weave fit our relaxed, comfortable, family space a bit more. Again, all our investment pieces are neutral creams and whites with a lot of texture. The pillows are what really bring the personality into the space.

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Our clients already had a square dining table they loved which fit the space nicely so we just selected pieces to tie it all together. (Sadly the man of the house vetoed the butterfly fabric for the roman shades but he did ok it for pillows so we will be getting some butterflies in the space)

We can't wait to show you the finished spaces. Painting has begun and the built-ins are going in next week. Since many times our designs evolve a bit from the initial presentation, we thought it would be fun to compare the completed space with our initial designs. There have already been a few tweaks but you'll have to wait and see which pieces made the cut and which were swapped out for something that fit the family better.

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